Time and time again we see failed projects and hear people say a community "doesn't want to change" or "doesn't care." The problem, however, isn’t the community. It’s the method.
Success begins with ownership. Walu offers experience, online courses, workshops, tailored training, and hands-on consulting to work with communities to identify their greatest concern. This differs from methods used by outside sources that identify a need they perceive to be important. The need could be legitimate, but if the community does not deem it the pressing concern, the project will be unsuccessful due to a lack of buy-in.
Once a community has ownership, they need to be equipped with local resources to bring about lasting results. Local resources are a vital step that are often overlooked and another reason so many projects fail.
Communities are empowered when they are equipped to find solutions that meet their needs. Empowerment helps the community grow and handle day-to-day concerns that come their way as well as the problems they face during a calamity.
Although this is a simple process, having CDD experience and training is necessary. Community Driven Development is a way of operating. It provides an infrastructure, but within that infrastructure, the process is not clearly defined because every community is unique and needs an approach that is catered to them and their experiences. Walu has three decades of experience and training to navigate the process.
As with anything that is long-lasting, CDD takes time to develop, and even though the results will not be instantaneous, they will be life-changing.